I've stewed on a review since last night. I think I might have it figured out now.
I loved the story! I honestly didn't know what to expect when I picked it up and was very very pleasantly surprised.
Angst? There's plenty. The whole book is a tear jerker that makes your heart clench while still hoping for some sort of HEA.
The writing flows. The characters are flawed and perfect and the story is delicious.
If only all debut novels were like this one.